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Nilaja by Cheryl Brooks is announcing some big changes –

There are some changes taking place with Nilaja by Cheryl Brooks! It’s time! Chief Creative Officer, Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks has combined her magazine and store into one website, It is simply an easier to way to get everything, Nilaja in one location.

Another big change is exclusively selling, one-of-kind or exclusive collection….that’s right, when you see something that you absolutely love, you better grab it! Yes, you may be the only one with that item..or very few will be produced.

The decision to change the way the retail business is maintained also has to do with Cheryl’s music endeavors…she is working very hard in the studio to bring us another creative side of herself: music.

You can keep up with the latest on her music endeavors at


The Color Purple – Even as a Stage Play it is Beautiful!

I was so glad when I saw that the Color Purple was coming to my little town. I must say that after roughly two decades of seeing the movie, the musical on stage brought back delightful memories of why I fell in love with this critically acclaimed work. Of course, one of the very first things that I noticed were the costumes. Specifically the accessories! The vintage purses, shoes and hats were adorable. In the second act, the African dancers wore these outstanding embellished headpieces with amazing beading. The African dancers also wore costumes that almost looked the color of their skintone and they were painted on. The combination of colors of turquoise, browns and greens in the stage set and the costumes in the top of the second act just drew you into the villages of Africa!

One of my favorite members of the cast was Dayna Jarae Dantzler who played Celie. Her sweet purity of character made you fall in love with her instantly. There was also something about her that made you wanna laugh! Her vocal solos were so powerful! For such a tiny frame, she could belt out some notes. The script remained as in the movie, having Miss Celie deeply smitten with Shug Avery. I thought that it would make me uncomfortable to see them once again, show affectionate towards one another. After being continuously raped as a child by her father, it’s a wonder that she could even feel love for another….of any gender. The relationship between Nettie and Celie was playful and sincere and they sung a lovely duet together. Their remarkable voices complimented each other very well.

The rest of the cast was just as talented as Jarae Dantzler. The character of Sophie was just as humorous and loveable as Oprah Winfrey, Shug Avery was just as charming, and Nettie look so much like the Nettie in the film version. The character of Albert (Mister) was compelling as well. However, I grew to detest him much more in the film version. I guess that I had more time to.

If the Color Purple comes to your city, please go see it. It’s beautiful, it’s a delightful replica of the book/film and if you are completely new to it….you will definitely appreciate it!

Belts: Wear this trend from the Fall 2010 runways now

One simple way to update your look this season is to just throw a belt on top of the your coat or cardigan.




Belts: Wear this trend from the Fall 2010 runways now – | Style Recipes.

Boots, Booties and fur – Fall Fashion Trend 2010

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Alot hasn’t changed from last season. Many of the styles that were popular for last season are once again popular for this fall 2010. One trend that is a bit different from last fall season is the return of the combat boot. Everyone’s favorite style from the 90’s will be turning heads once again this fall. We’ll also be seeing fur making a comeback. Fur along the trim of boots as well as fur used on the outside of the boots are very popular and had a strong presence on this years runway. For a instant fashionable look be sure to grab last years popular trend of the over the knee boot. If you didn’t get a chance to grab a pair last year now is the perfect time to try some out. Lace up boots also had a strong presence on the runway along with sportswear, men style boots, and military styles. Much like last year cutouts and booties are still a favorite for fall 2010. Get a feel for just a few styles from the slide show.

Source: Real Women Wear Heels

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